Ativan addiction is becoming more of a common occurrence these days and many who come here addicted to Ativan also abuse drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Our drug rehab for Ativan treatment has a special program including drug detox process.
Ativan is a powerful and potentially addictive depressant that is usually prescribed for symptoms of anxiety disorders. Ativan is a benzodiazepine (“benzo”) whose status as a legal narcotic has caused it to be a popular drug of abuse in the “silent epidemic” of prescription drug addiction. Addiction to Ativan and many other prescription drugs (like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet) often happens gradually and sometimes begins with a legal prescription from a trusted physician. Denial in Ativan addicts who were once prescribed the medication is very common. Other users who arrive here at our rehab center use Ativan infrequently as part of their habit of polysubstance drug abuse (which means abusing multiple drugs depending on availability).
Certain people are at higher risk for addiction to Ativan than others, such as those who drink alcoholically or abuse other drugs. If a person has a history of addiction or alcoholism in their family, they are statistically more likely to become dependent on Ativan. It is rare, but some of our clients never abused drugs until they were exposed to prescription drugs after a surgical procedure or some other medical intervention.
Our Addiction Treatment Program for Ativan
We create a custom treatment program for individuals who are chemically dependent on Ativan and other prescription drugs. Treating Ativan is complicated because the drug is prescribed for symptoms of anxiety (making it an anxiolytic – a drug for anxiety). This means that the client who comes to us for help to stop using Ativan may have a related anxiety, mood, or behavioral disorder that we have to identify and treat simultaneously. This is known as having a dual diagnosis.
Also, people who abuse alcohol or drugs are often prone to experience anxiety, which could lead to them being prescribed Ativan and the introduction of yet another addictive substance into their routine of drug abuse. Some examples of anxiety disorders are:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- social anxiety disorders
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- separation anxiety
There are other disorders that are associated with anxiety and dual diagnosis as well, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
Early sobriety, including detoxification from Ativan, warrants close medical supervision. We have detox facilities that are designed for a safe and comfortable detoxification process. The close monitoring we do during early sobriety allows us to determine if one of our recovering clients is experiencing confusion, depression, or hopelessness (which have been known to occur in users of Ativan and other anxiety drugs).
For the men and women who are recovering from Ativan addiction, we have created special workshops, lectures, and process groups that pertain to prescription medications. The close supervision we maintain on these clients (who may be in our dual diagnosis program) includes regular meetings with our consulting psychiatrist.
Our facility has counselors on staff who are intimately familiar with Ativan addiction. These therapists and doctors have special training to provide individual counseling and therapy for users of Ativan as well as facilitate lectures, workshops, and group therapy
process groups tailored to this type of prescription drug use.
All clients who receive treatment with us here on the beach in Southern California will not only receive the best clinical treatment possible, but will also participate in daily outdoor recovery activities that build strength and self-esteem while showing them how to have fun and enjoy life in sobriety.
Ativan Use Can Gradually Become a Life-Threatening Addiction
The vast majority of users of Ativan (and other addictive prescription drugs like Xanax, Ambien, and Klonopin) do not become addicted to the drug. However, there are many people who do develop a potentially fatal addiction. The incidence of accidental overdose
is rising rapidly and quite often a CNS (Central Nervous System) depressant is involved (mixing drugs often leads to overdose, especially using drugs like Ativan with alcohol).
The first warning sign of Ativan addiction is the development of tolerance, which means the user requires more and more Ativan to achieve the same effect. Quite often, users will lie to obtain more Ativan, visit multiple doctors, and even worse, start obtaining and using illegal street narcotics like heroin to avoid withdrawals.
Complicating the process of treating individuals who are addicted to Ativan is the fact that it is physically, emotionally, and psychologically addictive. This means that the withdrawal process can be very unpleasant, including physical sensations like:
- muscles twitching
- nerves jumping
There are also unpleasant mental effects of withdrawing from Xanax such as:
- feelings of disorientation
For this reason, we provide a safe and comfortable environment for our clients to detox from Ativan. We carefully titrate (gradually reduce) the dosage of Ativan to minimize the withdrawal symptoms and maximize comfort.
Since physicians commonly prescribe Ativan and other benzodiazepine-like drugs to help people cope with the symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders, we monitor our clients closely during treatment to decide if the prescription should be continued, altered, titrated (tapered) off, or ceased altogether.
Get Help Now – You Are Not Alone
Millions of people in the United States suffer from addiction to drugs like Ativan. We have been helping thousands of them achieve long-term sobriety in Newport Beach, California for almost 25 years.
Do not hesitate to contact our team of clinical addiction experts at 866.323.5609. Our admissions team can provide a private and free assessment of your unique situation. If you have a family member who is in denial about their Ativan use, you may want to read our pages titled “Advice To the Family” and “What to say…”